Statement By Special Representative For Children And Armed Conflict On The Children Killed In Afghanistan

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PRESS RELEASE

Statement by Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict on the children killed in Afghanistan

New York, 3 March – “Children killed in Afghanistan by air strikes is a cause of serious concern,” said Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict Radhika Coomaraswamy.

Early last year, the international forces introduced technical directives aimed to better protect civilians during air strikes. This had resulted in a significant decrease in the number of children killed by pro-government forces in 2010.

While welcoming General Petraeus’ apology for the most recent incident and his commitment to investigate, SRSG Coomaraswamy urged a thorough review of procedures to ensure that all necessary precautions are taken to prevent children from becoming casualties in the complex and volatile situation in Afghanistan.

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For further information, please contact:

Timothy La Rose

Communications Officer

Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict

+1 917 346 3404

larose@un.org

Muriel Gschwend

Associate Communications Officer

Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict

+917 367 35 62

gschwend@un.org

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